Kathryn Coltrane, a physical therapist with the Shelby County Schools Special Services Department, was recently awarded “Therapist of the Year” by AMBUCS, a national nonprofit charitable organization that is dedicated to inspiring mobility and independence for individuals with disabilities. The organization, which was founded in Birmingham in 1922 but now has 157 chapters in 36 states, is also the owner and supplier of Amtrykes, therapeutic tricycles designed to allow people with special needs the fun and freedom of riding a bike.
Coltrane was named “Therapist of the Year” during AMBUCS 100th Anniversary National Convention, which was held August 23-27 at the Sheraton Hotel in Birmingham. As a physical therapist, Coltrane has assisted in helping to evaluate and fit individuals
“Kathryn spends time on the weekends helping fit kids from all over Birmingham and also is a huge part of our bike program in our schools,” said Shelby County Schools Special Education Coordinator Marla Aldrich. “On Saturday, AMBUCS gave away 100 trykes to students with disabilities and to veterans. It was amazing to witness and Kathryn was there working and fitting many people. We are so proud of her for winning this national award.”